DALLAS -- New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that he has been making an effort to reach out to most of the players on his roster for introductory phone conversations. Aside from a select few such as Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jed Lowrie, Carl Crawford (with whom Valentine is hoping to meet in person before spring training), Valentine has spoken with most of the players listed on the team's roster, including right-hander Josh Beckett, who has become something of a lightning rod amidst offseason revelations of the occasional clubhouse consumption of beer and chicken during games and suggestions that Beckett's in-season commitment to conditioning lagged.
Valentine suggested that he has been in touch with the right-hander, who went 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 193 innings.
"I did reach out to Josh, and he didn't want me to say anything so I'm not going to say anything other than after he got through telling me how pissed off he was, we had a really good conversation," said Valentine. "I'm not going to say anything about it."
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